Tag Archives: California

California Public Utilities Commission Strengthens Background Checks of Drivers for Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 9, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) strengthened the background checks required for drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft by requiring TNCs to use companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) when conducting background checks on drivers, according to a CPUC press release. Continue reading

California Employers Advised to Revise Policies and Practices to Comply with New Employment Laws for 2018

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California employers should revise employment policies and practices to comply with “new laws regulating the hiring and recruiting process, expanding parental leave rights, requiring changes to mandated harassment training, and limiting employers’ ability to cooperate with federal immigration agencies” before January 1, 2018, according to labor and employment law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP. Continue reading

California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation that included Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which is supposed to improve the state’s juvenile justice systems by authorizing courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses. Continue reading

California Governor Brown Signs AB 168 to Prohibit Employers from Seeking Salary History of Jobseekers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of legislation to improve services and support for women that included Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) which prohibits employers in the state from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request. Continue reading

California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law new “Ban the Box” legislation – Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) –  to prohibit private employers in the state with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a conditional offer of employment, and sets requirements for consideration of conviction histories in employment decisions. Continue reading

Sonoma County Courts Closed Due to Wildfires in California Wine County

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated October 19, 2017)

The Superior Court of Sonoma County located in Santa Rosa, California has been closed since Monday, October 9, 2017, due to massive wildfires devastating many parts of the Wine Country north of San Francisco Bay that have burned for over a week with the help of strong winds and dry conditions. The court is expected to be closed until Monday, October 23, 2017. Continue reading

CPUC Proposal Requires Ride-Sharing Companies in California to Use NAPBS Accredited Background Check Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal to strengthen the criminal background checks for transportation network company (TNC) drivers that would require background check companies that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft use to screen their drivers to be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Marriott Resorts for Alleged FCRA and California Labor Code Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action complaint filed against Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. claims the vacation ownership company allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to adequately disclose and obtain authorization to conduct background checks on job applicants. Continue reading

University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website. Continue reading

Background Screening Expert Brad Landin to Speak at Marin County Employer Advisory Council Event

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Brad Landin, president and chief compliance officer (CCO) at Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check firm headquartered in Novato, California, will speak at a Marin County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) event entitled “Documenting the Employer Employee Relationship and Pre-employment Inquiries” on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. To register for this event, please click here. Continue reading